UN works to eliminate cholera in Haiti; claims 'not receivable'

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the telephone

The United Nations, along with its partners continue to work closely with the people and Government of Haiti to provide treatment, improve water and sanitation facilities, and strengthen prevention and early warning to eliminate cholera in the country.

At the same time, UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky says claims for compensation brought against the United Nations on behalf of victims of the cholera outbreak in Haiti, in November 2011 are not receivable.

“Today, the United Nations advised the claimants' representatives that the claims are not receivable pursuant to Section 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations. The Secretary-General telephoned Haitian President Michel Martelly to inform him of the decision, and to reiterate the commitment of the United Nations to the elimination of cholera in Haiti.”

Duration:  26″

The UN Spokesperson says the Secretary-General again expresses his profound sympathy for the terrible suffering caused by the cholera epidemic, and calls on all partners in Haiti and the international community to work together to ensure better health and a better future for the people of Haiti. In December 2012, the Secretary-General launched an initiative for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti, which aims to strengthen Haiti's own National Cholera Elimination Plan through significant investments and the use of an oral cholera vaccine.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’21″

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